July 12th, 2024

In the news today: Voters head to polls for Toronto byelection

By The Canadian Press on June 24, 2024.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, right, and Liberal candidate for Toronto-St. Paul's Leslie Church, left, greet supporters at a campaign volunteer event in Toronto on Thursday, May 30, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey

Here is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to bring you up to speed…

Voters head to polls for Toronto byelection, all eyes on whether Liberals hold seat

Residents of Toronto – St Paul’s will head to the polls today to vote for a new member of parliament for their riding, with observers watching to see if the Liberals can hang on to the seat they’ve held for the last 10 elections. The byelection was prompted by the resignation of former Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett, who held the seat for more than 25 years and was recently appointed ambassador to Denmark. As the Conservatives maintain a double-digit lead over the Liberals in national polls, political watchers will have a close eye on today’s race, which appears to be tighter than expected for a Liberal stronghold.

Here’s what else we’re watching…

Canada to study Chinese EV subsidies

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to announce this morning a plan for potential tariffs to protect Canada’s electric vehicle supply chain from unfair Chinese competition. Freeland and International Trade Minister Mary Ng are making a joint announcement this morning following moves this spring by both the United States and Europe to hike import tariffs on Chinese-made EVs. Currently, the only Chinese-made EVs imported into Canada are Teslas made at the U.S. tech giant’s Shanghai factory. China is a bigger player in Canada when it comes to batteries and battery components for EVs, industries Canada has invested heavily in over the last four years.

Alberta oil and gas sector exceeded flaring limit

Alberta’s oil and gas industry exceeded the province’s own regulatory limit for natural gas flaring in 2023. A tally by The Canadian Press of data on the Alberta Energy Regulator’s website shows oil and gas companies flared about 754 million cubic metres of natural gas last year, exceeding the annual provincial limit by 84 million cubic metres. Flaring refers to the practice of burning off the excess natural gas associated with oil production. It’s better for the environment than venting, which refers to the direct release of unburned methane into the atmosphere from an oil or gas facility.

Central Labrador wildfire largely holding steady

A wildfire that’s forced the evacuation of a central Labrador town continued to hold relatively steady as of Sunday. The province’s forest fire duty officer Mark Lawlor says firefighters are continuing to attack the blaze near Churchill Falls, which grew only slightly overnight. Lawlor says the approximately 15-square-kilometre fire gained a small amount of ground to the south, away from the town of Churchill Falls, and remains stable. The town’s 500 residents were ordered to leave the community Wednesday due to the out-of-control blaze.

Across Canada, fans cheer on Oilers in Cup final

The Edmonton Oilers may not be on home ice when they try to clinch the Stanley Cup against the Florida Panthers on Monday night, but screams of support will resound across Canada. In Edmonton, thousands of fans have been packing Rogers Place for both home and away games during the playoffs, while thousands more watch giant screens outside the arena. Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch’s (NAW’-blocks) hometown of Imperial, Saskatchewan, will be hosting a watch party at the local rink with a special treat – leftover brisket from Rockin’ The Rink, a party held on Saturday night to celebrate the anniversary of the facility getting a new concrete floor.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 24, 2024.

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